Friday, November 17, 2023

Friday Writings #103: Life Is a Fairy Tale

 “Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother,
but the rest of the time there was none.”
~ Diane Setterfield

I’m rereading The Thirteenth Tale, a favorite book of mine. One of the main characters is a writer. She weaves fairy tales that start as expected and end terribly wrong. I love reading dark fairy tales, but I prefer when the endings spread some hope. The novel itself isn’t a fairy tale. But like in the stories the fictional author writes, horrible things do happen—in a very gothic manner—but, thank goodness, the novel ends in a more satisfying way (in my most hope-filled days, I wish for stories where the world’s current horrors end well). 

So, for today’s optional prompt, I invite you to write poetry or prose which explores current Global Issues through fairy tales (let the retellings be bright, be dark, or be both; the choice is always yours).


Required: Post the response to your blog, and add the direct link to that post to Mr. Linky. One post per person, please, 369 words maximum (excluding title), for prose and for poetry.

Optional: Share old or new pieces, in poetry or prose. Write to the prompt or to a topic of your choosing. If you wish to say hello or have questions, leave a note in the comments section below.

Requested (not compulsory but strongly recommended): Visit other writers and storytellers. Read their contributions. Share your thoughts on their words.

next week, Rommy will invite us to write about a “Small Kindness” we have done, had someone done for us, or just witnessed.

A Wee Note: As many of you know, Rosemary has been working on several books. Her hard work has come to fruit in the shape of a trilogy: Breaking Into Pentridge Prison: Memories of darkness and light, Blood from Stone, and Letters to a Dead Man. The official book launch is scheduled for November 25th. So, our Rosemary will be busy getting ready for the event. We’ll share information on how to grab the trio (I can’t wait!) as soon as they are available.

photo by Liana Mikah, on Unsplash

photo by I.am_nah, on Unsplash


  1. Congratulations Rosemary, way to go! As one who has started 7 book drafts, but owing to an attention span that is hard to bridel and sustain, never completed even one — I heartily applaud your accomplishment. I am awed by the enormity and success of your undertaking… bravo and kudos my friend! You deserve to be proud! 👍🏼🙂✌🏼🫶🏼

  2. Would love to add my hearty congratulations, Rosemary. We are blessed to know you, to read you, to embrace you.

    1. Awww, many thanks for these lovely comments too. I can only say I am blessed in my friends, which certainly includes those I find here.

  3. That's wonderful, Rosemary! Heartiest Congratulations.
    Wishing you many more.

    Thank you for this prompt.
    Happy and proud to share my story of the Little Mermaid.

    What happens to her at the end? Do read my contemporary take :)

    1. Thank you for your contribution, Anita. I love a good retelling. So I'm looking forward to reading yours.

    2. Thanks, Anita! Your piece sounds so intriguing; I'll be back to have a look at it (and other people's) once I've come out the other side of the book launch.


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